10 Questions 2 – Thomas Barnett (Visillusion | Rhythim is Rhythim)

Thomas Barnett

10 Questions 2 – Thomas Barnett (Visillusion | Rhythim is Rhythim)


01. Hi Thomas and thanks so much for taking the time out to chat with us. Can you tell our readers about your music history, do you have formal training, maybe something many people don’t know about you? 

Hey guys! Hope everyone is keeping well & are still practicing safe “social distancing”… I had a little formal training, beginning with clarinet lessons in 2nd grade. I also took some music theory classes at the local community college, but nothing really beyond that. A lot of self-teaching with books, then later with videos, I’m always trying to learn more.

02. What are some of your most lasting memories involved in the scene? 

have a few lasting memories that I will take with to the other side, one of them is the first time I played on a float in the Love Parade in Berlin. I was playing New Order’s “Blue Monday” right at the first breakdown as our float entered the center, the main area. I still get goosebumps thinking about the screams & whistles. 

03. Where do you see the techno scene in 10 years? Do you think it’s evolving in a healthy state or has it become stagnant?

I can see the techno scene going thru a few cycles in the next 10 years, dividing into more sub-genres, and perhaps even another run on the classics with new artists paying homage to the golden years, lol.

04. Where do you most enjoying playing? At home in Detroit or on tour at crowded festivals or the more intimate clubs?

It is quite addictive & ego-boosting to play for large audiences, I can’t lie about that, but an intimate room where I am looking each person in the eye & we are feeling every beat together, taking my crowd on an unexpected journey thru with valleys & peaks of tracks both new & old. 

05. Do you think people who go and enjoy techno music at the weekend in clubs and festivals are mostly ignorant of the history of techno? 

I know that the people that go out these days have more aches to information than any other generation of partiers, with that said, I have no idea how many delve into the history or not. But if they do, well… “hey there”. 😉

Thomas Barnett

06. Tell us some of the proudest moments of your career to date?

I am a simple man, I just want to make people happy with my art. When I read messages from around the world that mention how songs I’ve released have touched them or inspired them to make music really melts me & makes this thing all worth it. Hearing artists that I adore & have admired for ages say that my first track got them into the game blows my mind still, I won’t mention any names, but if any are reading this… “thank you”.

07. What music genres do you listen to when you’re at home?

I am a reggae & dancehall fanatic, my favorite station on SIRRUS satellite radio is #42 “The Joint”. I love the entire decade of the 1970s, that must have been the best decade for music ever. 

08. What festivals or parties should we not miss out on this year?

I think this year might be awash with the COVID-19 decimating the planet at the moment. But beyond that, any event they let me loose on the decks at will be something of a treat because I got the fire in me waiting to explode.

09. Do you have any does or don’ts regarding tips for aspiring producers sending music to Visillusion?

Yes. The first tip would this, if your track sounds like it would fit in an of my DJ mixes then you have a potential Visillusion track. But have no fear, this year we will introduce 2 sub-labels for styles a little different than what I typically play, but what I love to play in different settings, like our deep house – Groove Slave Records, & we are starting a harder Euro-ravey styled label called ‘Subterfuge Records’, and that will be based out of Jakarta, Indonesia.

10. Thanks for taking the time to do our 10 Questions 2  interview Thomas. Lastly, what are your plans for the rest of 2020?

2020 is the year where we will be doing things bigger & badder than any year before, with more remixes, starting 2 new labels, producing many new artists under my wing, and I feel that I will finally find a booking agent that will work just with the artists on Visillusion & myself. We want to bring our sound to your ears, directly. Much love to you all… Thomas Barnett <3




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